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Magic Kingdom’s Swashbuckling Adventure May Close Soon

jack sparrow screaming, pirates of the caribbean attraction in the background
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For the most part, fans visiting Walt Disney World may have a hard time agreeing on any one thing. But for those who have visited Magic Kingdom in the past two weeks, we can guarantee they’ll reach a general consensus about one thing: Pirates of the Caribbean has been more on and off than usual.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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How Long Has the Ride Been Down Recently? We Have the Exact Data

To be fair, the attraction is decades old at this point, so a litany of technical difficulties wouldn’t be too surprising, and neither is a temporary closure here and there.

But Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has been closed for a grand total of 930 minutes in the past few days alone, according to Thrill Data. That’s over 15 hours in total.

Compare that to this time around last month (a whopping zero minutes), and you’ll see what we mean: something is going on with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

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So, Why Has Pirates of the Caribbean Been Closed These Past Few Days?

Usually, we don’t know the reason behind temporary closures, but this time, we just might


We recently reported on some outlandish rumors that have been flying around, claiming that Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride is home to hundreds of bats.

At this time, Walt Disney World Resort has made no comments or responses to these rumors, so the validity of the claim is questionable
but is it really?

pirates of the caribbean

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Panthers, and Manatees, and Bats, Oh My!

In the state of Florida, bats are protected all year round, so no harm can come to them. That means that an infestation of this size could create some big complications when it comes to removal.

The removal of a colony this massive would likely mean a ‘refurbishment,’ and soon, giving Guests whiplash due to how unexpected the closure would be.

pirates of the caribbean

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How Would a Removal Even Work?

At this time, we don’t know if there will be a refurbishment or not, nor do we know if the attraction is actually infested with bats or not. Stay tuned to Disney Dining as the situation unfolds.

In the meantime, Captain Jack Sparrow can still be found on this classic attraction. At the very least, that hasn’t changed!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.